Tragedy as elderly man, 78, dies after priest's car struck mourners at Dublin funeral

Tragedy as elderly man, 78, dies after priest's car struck mourners at Dublin funeral

AN ELDERLY MAN injured when a priest's car lost control outside of a Dublin church last month has tragically died.

Christopher 'Buddy' Phillips, 78, was one of seven people injured when the vehicle collided with mourners at a funeral outside the Immaculate Conception Church in Clondalkin.

Mr Phillips was left in a critical condition at Tallaght Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead on Tuesday.

The grandfather's death notice said he passed away "peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the kind care of the staff of Tallaght Hospital.

"Husband of Jennie and beloved dad to Patrick, Richard, Anna and Edward. Sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren Robert, Rebecca, Ella, Aimee, Dylan, Isabel, Katie, Leon and Abbie, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers Pat and John and the late Liam and Kathleen, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

"May he rest in peace."

Freak accident

The pensioner's death comes a month after the accident on June 25 as mourners gathered outside the church for the arrival of a hearse carrying a local father-of-two's body.

A priest from outside the parish who was there for the ceremony was negotiating a narrow passage connecting the grounds at the front and back of the church when he lost control of his car, hit two parked vehicles and collided with a group of people at around 10.20am.

It is believed the priest, 88-year-old Fr Denis Foley, may have taken ill at the wheel.

A post-mortem examination of Mr Phillips' body is expected to be completed later today.

His funeral mass has been arranged for Saturday morning at a church in Crumlin.